The University of Guelph’s Scottish collection is one of the finest in the world. Interest in building Scottish and Scottish-Canadian holdings began after 1965 when the University of Guelph was established. Over the years, the Library has established rare book, manuscript, and archival resources which have gained national recognition. Among the monographic holdings there are numerous guidebooks and travel accounts
and local histories relating to all areas of Scotland that contain fascinating pictorial records.
These acquisitions encompass such works as John Parker Lawson’s Scotland Delineated (1858)
and travel related publications about cities and illustrated views, such as William Beattie’s Caledona Illustrated (1838)
which includes engravings by W.H. Bartlett, T. Allom and others. Earlier rare works, such as Sir John Sinclair’s "old" Statistical Account (1791-99
) and county reports, are readily available. The local history collection is unique in North America for its completeness, numbering in excess of three thousand items containing valuable genealogical and local history materials. For those tracing their Scottish ancestry, there are many useful circulating handbooks and a large collection of family histories in Guelph's open collections.
Material for this collection provided by: University of Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies